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Luke Donald 8/1

lukedonaldwine It’s just amazing how consistent Luke Donald has been this year. Fourth again last week and when you consider he opened with a 75, that wasn’t half bad! That made it four top-10’s in his last five events. Second behind Furyk last year and now gunning for his fourth title of the year, the Tour Championship trophy would look nice opposite the BMW PGA Championship on the mantelpiece.

Webb Simpson 13/1

webb Probably the most deserving of the title is Webb Simpson. Of an incredible 10 top-10’s this season, Simpson has bagged two wins in his last four events at Wyndham and the Deutsche Bank. Fifth last week after a tough weekend, but for me Simpson is the one to watch. It’s his first time at East Lake but the leader in greens in regulation should take to this course like a duck with Webb-ed feet!

Keegan Bradley 42/1

maar01_keegan_bradley Considering it’s only a 30 man field this week you can get really good odds on Keegan Bradley. Tied 16th last week but he almost gave up in his final round of 76 and could have finished much higher. Eight under won him the PGA Championship and in the last three stagings the Tour Championship hasn’t had a winning score lower than nine under. Considering he has also won the HP Byron Nelson, those odds are pretty generous.

Geoff Ogilvy 24/1

alf stewart geoff ogilvy[4] Squeezed into last week’s event by the back door but by God didn’t he make the most of it. Four rounds in the 60’s grabbed the Aussie a third place and his spot in the final. Tied 16th in 2009 and 13th last season, Geoff hasn’t quite managed to strings four good rounds together at the Tour Championship but if he continues to perform as he did last week, he could well do it this time around.

Nick Watney 18/1

nick-watney[5] Went berserk here last year on the weekend shooting a ridiculous 63 on the Saturday and 67 on Sunday to rocket into a tie for fourth. Solid if unspectacular of late but don’t forget Nickers has two wins this season at Aronimink in July and Doral early in the season. The shortened rough should help him too as his greens in regulation stats are not as sharp as they were last season. If he can hit the ground running this week, Watney could post a score that will be hard to beat.

Paul McCanny, head pro at Killeen Castle runs through the top 10 shots to watch at this week’s Solheim Cup.
1. Tee shot on 2nd
Par 5’s will be vital during The 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle. The tee shot on 2 has been narrowed by Alison Nicholas, the European Solheim Cup Captain, to encourage the longer hitters to carry the fairway bunkers on the right. If the players can carry their drives 270 yards the hole will become reachable in two shots and create an outside eagle chance. This places a premium on long, straight hitting.
2. Holing Out On 4th Green
The 4th green at Killeen Castle is probably one of the most difficult to approach. The green is very undulating with a deep greenside bunker at the front left of the green. Many will shy away from the left side of the green but as a result run the risk of the ball running off the green and down a fairly steep slope off the right side of the green which then leaves an extremely tough up and down to save par and a possible half.

ollie bite down hard You just knew the Vivendi Seve Trophy wasn’t going to end without down to earth Jose Maria Olazabal speaking his mind on what was really the story last week.  Ollie has stepped into friend’s Seve’s shoes to oversee the event but was left disappointed after a whole host of stars opted out of the event.  Not one to give up though, Ollie has organized a new date for the events next staging in 2013, so that nobody can give a lame excuse to doss off.

Pic: Bite down hard Ollie until it’s over!

"In two years time we are hoping this event moves to the week of the Presidents Cup, and after the end of the FedEx Cup, and if that is the case there will be no excuse not to be present," Olazabal said before leaving Paris. He also said those who did come to Paris did so out of respect for Seve.

”Seve was the first man who was instrumental in turning things around on the European Tour for the better and the younger players now on the European Tour need to remember that,” Ollie said before putting the boot in with "They should make a little extra effort and make this event what it deserves to be. So that will be the idea of moving it so that there are no more excuses."

Remember that brilliant The Big Break show before all our Golf Channel got cut off? Drooling over Katherine Roberts. Wanting to pull that tape tight around Don Donatello’s neck? Or Tommy Two Gloves Gainey ripping up St. Andrews?

Well the new series Big Break ireland premiere’s tonight in the US.  Shot mostly around the K Club in Kildare this series features an international cast of five men, one Mark Murphy, and six women competing against each other for the ultimate prize, two tournament exemptions on the main European or LPGA Tours.

Of course Irish interest will be in Waterville’s Mark Murphy who having been exiled from the Kingdom now lives in New Orleans! GCD will also be rooting for our facebook friend Andy Walker who is himself hosting a premiere bash this evening.

How To Watch Big Break Ireland Online

golf channel stream The shows airs at 9pm in the US but can be watched online by going to and clicking on GOLF. Then click Golf Channel. Then click stream 1.

Make sure to close the pop up ads and enjoy. Here’s a screenshot.

Big Break Ireland Contestants

Annie Brophy (24, Spokane, Wash.) – A rookie on the LPGA Futures Tour and Notre Dame alum, Brophy is looking to capture the Luck of the Irish.

Joe Campbell (23, Cheltenham, England / Charlotte, N.C.) – The youngest competitor on the series, Campbell also is the longest hitter off the tee. He works at Carolina Golf Club, saving up money for the mini-tourevents in 2011.

Kelly Jacques (25, Thornton, Colo.) – Jacques made her return to competitive golf in 2011 after taking time away from the game following graduation at the University of Oklahoma. Currently competing on a limited schedule on the Futures Tour, Jacques has a new, fresh outlook on the game.

Bennett Maki (26, Orlando, Fla.) – Unlike a lot of his playing competitors, Maki is starting his professional career. A model and actor, Maki has appeared on numerous commercials that have aired on Golf Channel, which has served as a supplemental source of income to achieving his dream of competing on the PGA Tour.

Matt Melrose (27, Mulanje Malawi / Scottsdale, Ariz.) – A veteran of several mini tours and the Gateway Tour, Melrose is competing without ever having watched a previous series.

Mark Murphy (34, Waterville, Ireland / New Orleans, La.) – An Ireland native, Murphy grew up 4 hours south of the K Club in Waterville. Currently residing in New Orleans, La., Murphy’s dream of playing on the PGA Tour is still alive, although the results as a professional golfer have not come to fruition like he hoped.

Nina Rodriguez (27, San Jose, Calif.) – Currently competing on the LPGA Futures Tour, Rodriguez is a late bloomer to the game, deciding to focus solely on golf at age 19.

Nicole Smith (24, Riverside, Calif.) – Currently living out of her car, Smith is competing full-time on the Futures Tour. The alumfrom the University of Tennessee is looking to follow in the footsteps of “Big Break Sandals” competitor Ryann O’Toole, her close friend and travel companion.

mallory Julien Trudeau (30, Montreal, Quebec / Phoenix) – The lone Canadian, Trudeau is looking to continue the recent success Canadians have had on Big Break. A veteran of several mini tours in the U.S. and Canada, Trudeau was ready to walk away from the game when a friend suggested he audition and give professional golf one more try.

Andy Walker (36, Phoenix) – A veteran of several professional golf tours, Walker has yet to have that breakthrough year. In addition to competing on the professional circuits, he also is a professional golf instructor, assistant golf coach at South Mountain Community College.

Whitney Wright (26, Greenville, S.C.) – Girlfriend of “Big Break Indian Wells” competitor Robbie Biershenk, Wright is competing on the Futures Tour and supplements her income by competing in charitable competitions on the golf course.

Mallory Blackwelder (24, Versailles, Ky.) – The daughter of 13-year LPGA veteran Myra Blackwelder and professional caddie Worth Blackwelder. After traveling worldwide with the Ladies European Tour in 2010, Mallory is competing full-time on the Futures Tour in 2011.

Tom Abbott and Stephanie Sparks return as co-hosts for the series.

Paul McLoughlin

Paul McLoughlin is the Director of Golf at the Lake Malaren Golf Resort and the man at the wheel of the 2011 Shanghai Masters which is set to feature 30 of the world's top players including countrymen Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington and has a prize fund of  $5millon.

Paul, who was head pro in Clontarf in a past life is in charge of a 220-strong golf operations staff at the venue which boasts two championship courses currently being redeveloped by Jack Nicklaus and his design team- the first of which is being unveiled for October’s Shanghai Masters.

Paul McLoughlin, Director of Golf at the Lake Malaren Golf Resort

"It's an 80 hour a week job that involves all sorts of projects but it's a very interesting and challenging role," said McLoughlin who hopes the successful 2011 staging will result in a European Tour sanctioned event at Lake Malaren from 2012-2015.

The state of the art Lake Malaren resort has a three level club house and has just unveiled a dual directional driving range with 30 bays each side and an 18 hole putting green. It also has a 250 bedroom hotel.

Austrian GolfOpen presented by Lyoness, Diamond Country Club

Atzenbrugg, Austria. 22 Sep 2011 - 25 Sep 2011

Early odds on the exchanges

Joost Luiten 18/1

Joost-Luiten Joost Luiten shot a disappointing opening round 73 to scupper chances of winning his home event, the KLM Open last time out. However he followed it with three rounds in the 60’s to climb into a very creditable tie for sixth to add to his 15th in Switzerland the week before. Finished well down the field here last year after opening with rounds of 69 and 67. Real possibilities of a first Tour win this week with the pressure off.

Damien McGrane 27/1

mcgrane There has been a mass exodus of regular Tour stars this week with very few opting to travel to this event with a prize pot of €1 million. However the 2008 Volvo China Open champion and Tour cash machine Damien McGrane is travelling in the hope of adding to his only Tour win. The Meath man will be looking to bounce back from a rare missed cut in Holland and this short and tricky 7000 yard par 72 should be right up his alley. A second round 76 last year was sandwich between efforts of 67, 67 and 65 on Sunday giving Damien a tie for sixth. Interestingly of those who finished above him last year, only Lara is in the field.

Jose Manuel Lara 22/1

lara_1719687c This tournament seems so close to going down the tubes, at least the defending champion Jose Manuel Lara has joined Miguel Angel Jimenez and Padraig Harrington in supporting it. Lara’s final round of 64 last year was his lowest ever on Tour and got him into a playoff with David Lynn from which he emerged victorious. Lara’s form is much better than last year too after good recent showings in the Czech and KLM Opens.

Gary Boyd 18/1

1gary_boyd_1_lg[4] Boyd has finished 25th or better in his last four events in Ireland, Czech Republic, Scotland and Switzerland and represents some real class in a diminished field. Didn’t go well here last year, but still worth a look. He wont get many better chances to notch a first Tour win.

Best Of The Rest

Soren-Kjeldsen_2075073[4] How close he came at the KLM Open a couple of weeks back but alas 44 year old Gary Orr 60/1 had to settle for fourth. Can the big Scot rally one more time? He hasn’t won since 2000 but hey it’s been all about the forty something’s lately on Tour! Also worthy of consideration is Soren Kjeldsen 24/1, my usual go to man for short tricky tracks. Hasn’t won since 2009 but well worth observing how he does over the opening rounds after showing signs of improvement at the Omega Masters last time out.

Walker Cup heroes Paul Cutler 26/1 and Tom Lewis 55/1 are in the field this week in a bid to earn enough moola to avoid Tour School. Both will play this week and next in Scotland using two of their maximum of seven invites. Cutler will also be boosted by the presence of two time Major winner Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey on his bag. Amateurs have a great history of doing well in their first pro tournaments so good luck to both.

charlie-sheen-winning-12585 Congratulations to Tiger Woods on entering the winners circle again.  The US Media always find some angle to get their Tiger story but this week it’s easy.  Tiger has won again.  And he won at the BMW Championship, which is all the more remarkable since he wasn’t even playing.

However following the conclusion of the  BMW Championship and the posting of the latest Official World Golf Rankings, Tiger was celebrating winning. A place in his own event. Well technically he didn’t but without even swinging a club Woods battled his way to 49th position, which makes him eligible for a sponsors exemption to the Chevron World Challenge.  Woods beat off Jonathan Byrd in an epic battle for the number 49 slot.

When the Chevron World Challenge (which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation)  started receiving world ranking points two years ago, a stipulation was that the two sponsor exemptions for the tournament be among the top 50 in the world.

You just beat that winning feeling.

The Belfast Telegraph, clearly tired of reporting about peace and Martin McGuinness running for President, has jumped at the chance to cover a story about a so called Anglo Irish war again, but this time it’s between Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy.

Lee might have initially be mildly miffed that instead of playing for GB&I in the Vivendi Trophy, Rors was busy doing a real life “Meet The Fockers” impression with Caroline at his home before travelling to Old Trafford to watch United destroy Chelsea. (In fairness both options seemed a lot more exciting than the Vivendi!)

According to the Telegraph, here’s the sequence of events

  1. Rors said “Is it wrong that I'm enjoying this European comeback in the Seve trophy??” adding “never cheered for Thomas Bjorn as much as I did today!”
  2. Westwood then tweeted Chubby Chandler saying: “thanks Chubb. Rory’s disappointed! Apparently he's half Danish now!”
  3. Westie then teed up Rory: “At least you made a choice on this one! What shall I be? Irish/British? British/Irish? Confused!”
  4. To which McIlroy replied: “At least I’m not English.”

Furious Row? or just Having The Craic? You decide!

Final Round Highlights from the 2011 BMW Championship.



Final Round Report

justin rose press confJustin Rose held his nerve to win the BMW Championship and reach the final of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. A win by Rose at next week’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola would gaurantee the Englishman the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus.

A fantastic chip in for birdie on 17, and scorching drive at the last meant Rose cold enjoy his two shot victory margin over John Senden. Geoff Ogilvy finished third, three shots back. All three men were outside the Playoffs top 30 at the start of the week, and now have secured places in the final. It’s Rose’s third PGA Tour win.

Fed Ex Cup Standings Top Five

The top five men who can claim the Fed Ex Cup by winning next week are

  1. Webb Simpson,
  2. Dustin Johnson,
  3. Justin Rose,
  4. Luke Donald,
  5. Matt Kuchar.

England’s Melissa Reid gave herself an early 24th birthday present by nailing her third Ladies European Tour victory at the Open de España Femenino.

The 23-year-old, who celebrates her birthday on Monday, fired a two under par 70 at La Quinta Golf Resort in the Costa del Sol on Sunday to end eight under, one stroke clear of Lee-Anne Pace, Tania Elosegui and overnight leader Beth Allen.

It was Reid’s second win this season, following victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open in the Netherlands and she will be full of confidence as she heads straight to The Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

“It’s my second win of the season which is obviously nice preparation before Solheim Cup. It’s let me know the things I need to sharpen up next week but all in all I’m happy with the way I’m swinging it so I’m a happy, happy girl,” Reid said after the win. “I’m going to have a few beers on the plane but I think I’m pretty much going to go straight to bed. Its Solheim week, so it’s a big week and it’s going to be a tiring week, so not too many celebrations”

A par on the 18th was enough to seal the win after Pace bogeyed the hole and Reid added: “I didn’t think Pacey would three-putt the 18th so I did think going into the 18th that I would need to birdie it to win, so in the back of my mind I was thinking it was going to be a playoff but it was nice that a par was good enough to win.”

South African Pace settled for joint second after a round of 71 and she said: “Obviously I’m quite disappointed I three-putted three times coming down the stretch unfortunately. I still played really well and hit 17 greens. I was really fired up actually and I just left a couple out there but well done to Mel.

She said that she misjudged the speed of the last green. “I thought it would be quicker actually and I spoke to the local pro afterwards and he said coming this way on the green it would be slow because it was way downhill so I left it short and a tricky left edge downhill putt and I just missed it.”

Second round leader Elosegui finished well with a 69, while Allen held her own with a 68 in hot conditions.

Reid will now head straight to Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Co Meath and hopes to get some light practice in on Monday ahead of the biennial clash against the Americans.

The PGA Tour have been very careful in their video postings of Webb Simpson’s horrid shank on the 18th hole during the first round of the BMW Championship. The amazing thing is that after hitting it into the stands with an eight iron he then chipped and putted to save par. Simpson shot a 6-under 65 that leaves him tied for second place, two shots off the lead held by Justin Rose.


Yup its Winter time and every good golfer knows that this is the time to put in the hard yards. Whether it’s pounding it out on the roads or on the treader or cross trainer in the gym, it’s all good. The only problem? It’s bloody boring.

The answer? Music. It keeps your mind off the hard slog and with the right establishes a tempo to get you through your session. As proven by men in white coats.

So What To Listen To:

Forget that crap 101 Best Running Songs. Who in their right mind thinks Martha and the Muffins is good to run to? Also don’t even bother with the Ministry Of Sound running album. Pure dross with a beat. Ughhhh….

Here’s my top five recommendations.

Constant Tempo Long Time Big GI

LemonJelly – Lost Horizons

lemonjelly-losthorizons_sml If you haven’t heard of Lemon Jelly you are in for a treat. They are an electronic pop duo from London are were nominated for arty farty Mercury Awards etc back in the day and Sky Sports even used their funkadelic strains as their leaderboard music for a time. The tracks are long have a constant jogging beat and will carry you for an hour. There’s just enough craziness in there too to keep the mind occupied. Every track starts from no beat and  develops tempo from one of two instruments into a whole bunch. This one is a dinger for that long slow paced jog. Listen to Space Walk below and you’ll soon get the drift!



Shizz I Never That Before. It’s Class!

Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing

thubmnail icon- Free Energy - -Hope Child- You have probably heard all the crap that’s on the radio a million times and don’t want to listen to it all over again when you are running. Isn’t it great to find an album you have never heard of before, that delivers right from the get go? Free Energy are a Pennsylvania rock band formed in 2008 and their debut album Stuck On Nothing is an instant keeper. There might be one slower track, but they don’t come much better for running than this. I mean who else uses a cowbell and gets away with it??!!




Man Up Guys. Pretend You’re Running Away From Her

Lady GaGa – The Fame

lady ga ga Guys listen up. Embrace your sexuality and man up. Okay she maybe a he or whatever but that’s irrelevant, we’re talking running music here. Forget his/her newer album Born This Way which sounds like a collection of Eurovision Song Contest entries and download Lady GaGa’s first album The Fame. The great thing about him/her is that he/she doesn’t do ballads. It’s all high tempo honest to goodness tunes that will have you up on your toes.


The Ultimate Running Album

Green Day – American Idiot

american-idiot The ultimate power running album is American Idiot by Greenday. The California rockers may be on the go since 1987, but they struck gold with this release in 2004, selling 15 million copies worldwide. From the second it starts, it’s an unrelenting roller coaster of adrenalin pumping tunes. And the great thing is pretty much all the songs run into each other, meaning no pauses. It’s the King. Especially effective for those days you don’t even feel like training!


Do A Blue Peter- Here’s One We Made Earlier

Create a Playlist

Of course you can always create your own playlist stacked with all the tunes that get your juices flowing. Try to organize them so they build in tempo. As well as the best tracks form the albums above, my playlist includes high tempo tunes from Hard Fi, Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem, Beach House, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Plan B and Arctic Monkeys and a couple of absolute belters like “If You Wanna” from The Vaccines.

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tiger More problems for Tiger Woods today as his PGA Tour 12 game on PC has caused controversy on release with purchasers seeking refunds.  EA Sports, the company behind the game  is giving punters who bought the PC version of the game, their money back after discovering it featured a lower-rez game built around Tiger Woods Online, or as gamers call it “a re-skinned version of Tiger Woods: Online.”

Pic: the new Tiger as appears on the low resolution version of PGA Tour 12.

The correct version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 has the following updates:

  • Tiger’s ability to hit straight has been removed.  The perfect drive now fades right and drops out of bounds.
  • A “pick up and pocket ball” feature has been added.
  • The updated Tiger avatar has a goatee, that appears the disappears at alternative tournaments. And a limp.
  • Tiger is carrying his own bag.
  • The animated Tiger hocks a realistic spit on his partners back after every shot.
  • Tiger’s putter changes mid round from a Scotty to a Nike.
  • Tiger appears to be wearing swimming shoes.
  • A new “Godammit Christ Tiger” soundbyte has been added as the default after every shot.


Put yourself on a comfy chair in the Cobra design meeting. The opposition have done black drivers and sold millions, done white ones and sold even more, so what colour would you paint your next driver to get a chunk of that market?

Having gone through the colour palette and kind of figured out they all look naff, one bright spark must have stood up and said “why bother painting it all?”, at which moment everybody else at the table stood up and started clapping.

And so was born the new Cobra Raw driver. At first glance it looks like the golfing version of an American Airlines livery. Or a Delorean finish.

back-to-the-future-delorean In reality only 500 of these unpainted drivers are to released. Cobra is calling it the Long Tom driver. The Long Tom was a wartime cannon, the lack of paint is a doff of the cap to the military theme. The “long” in Long Tom is to also emphasize the 48 inch shaft of this driver which is built for three things. Distance, distance and distance.

Other improvements the Cobra Long Tom 2012 will bring to the tee include a new titanium alloy on the face and a slightly different geometry on the head.

Cobra Ridiculous Marketing Alert

However it wouldn’t be a golf company without the usual ridiculous claims aswell. Such as the special paint on the Grafalloy blackbird shaft that allows you swing faster. Or the new grip that stops you gripping it low and hitting it short. It’s all a bit Back To The Future for me. I wonder will Marty McFly be appearing with David Feherty in the advert. What happens if your swingspeed is over 88 miles per hour??!!


Cobra Long Tom 2012 Review

Mark Roe

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Owns and runs his own Sewage Management and Jetting Services business in the Midlands.  Ironically Roe has often been criticized for talking a steaming pile of sh*te on Sky Sports.  “Little do they know how close to the truth they actually are” he says adding “But it’s great to get into the Sky Studios for a shower at the weekend before I put on my black shirt and orange tie”.  Mark is especially fond of his business’s tagline which he reckons has secured him a lot of business down through the years. It goes “Up Shit Creek? Ring Roe For A Paddle”.

Ross McFarlane

mcfarlane During the week Ross takes his chair as Professor Of Astrophysics in Oxford University. McFarlane is credited with advances in “auto-flight” or as many reporters are simply referring to it — flying cars.  Ross patented the use of Robotic Calculators that aided in his group’s pages of calculations.  Professor McFarlane said, “We were able to balance the space/time continuum on a blue calculator, the affects of gravitational pulls on a green one, and we pretty much just used the red one to spell “BOOBS” for each other.”


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Czech Republic.

Gary Wolstenholme

gary wols Defending champion Gary Wolstenholme is already hot favourite to pick up the Rookie of the Year award in what is his first season as a full tour member and i also believe he has a great chance of retaining his title this week in Czech Republic. With a driving accuracy percentage of 93% that will be key for Wolstenholmes success,plus if your worried if he cant handle pressure of being in the mix on the final day, don't be.  Gary once beat Tiger Woods in the Walker Cup.



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Jamie Mcleary

jamieMclearySml Jamie Mcleary has a brilliant chance this week in Russia, led the tournament last year after 54 holes but finished 5th after 72 holes last year. Jamie has just recovered from a serious wrist injury which kept him off tour for Four months, but he returned last week for a very promising 15th in the Kazakhstan Open.

100% Holing Out is always welcome for one round let alone four as he holed 9/9 from 3 & 4 feet and 7/7 from 5 & 6 feet. 9 holed in 19 attempts from Medium range was very strong and adding four Long range putts on top of that for over 100 yard's worth of holed putts was excellent putting for the week.

Speaking to Jamie's coach at the weekend, I know he was particularly pleased with what he saw in the Driving stats from the first couple of rounds. Making not less than 13 birdie attempts each day (inc. the putts from just off) is more evidence of a good Long game but excellent putting is what makes the biggest difference. If you can average over 75 feet's worth of holed putts per Rd as Jamie did this week, it's very difficult NOT to finish at the right end of the leaderboard.

Branden Grace

brand Currently lying in 14th on the challenge tour order of merit and needs a big push until the end of the year to get back where he belongs and that’s the European Tour. The 23 year old South African will be looking to rediscover his form from the start of the year which saw him finish 21st in the SA Open,8th in the Africa Open and 13th in the Joburg Open all of which were competitive fields on the European Tour.

Good Luck and happy betting

Aaron Saunders

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Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Simon Dyson at 36/1 and David Lynn at 80/1 in the KLM Open.

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Ryan Moore 75/1

Ryan Moore (4) After tying second at the Travelers back in June many expected Ryan Moore to push on but it never really happened. Some non descript middle of the road performances included top 30’s at The Open in Canada and at the WGC Bridgestone. The Deutsche Bank saw a return to form for the Nevada resident with a top 10. Moore lead after three rounds last year here at Cog Hill but a final round 73 saw him only tie for third. I’ll take a little piece of 80/1 on that formline.

Dustin Johnson 18/1

dustin-johnson_1728045c Nevermind that Dustin Johnson can smash it miles past everyone else at it ease. Disregard the fact that he won the Barclays at the end of August. Forget the fact that he is the defending champion. And what are we left with? A man who figured out last year exactly how to putt on these Cog Hill greens after coming through an epic duel with Paul Casey. I can see a rested Johnson contend again this week.

Marc Leishman 180/1

leishman Here’s one for you at 170/1. Its Aussie Marc Leishman who tees it up this week for the 88th time on the PGA Tour. Though the likes of Jason Day and Adam Scott are grabbing the headlines, Leishman has been quietly going about his business with finishes of 30, 32, 42 in his last three events. The 27 year old tied 11th last year which included a second round 65 and tied second behind Tiger in 2009. I think Marc would give you a good spin for a fiver each way.

Adam Scott 16/1

Adam_Scott_and_car_d4Qatar_628849 It’s three top 10’s in his last four events now for Scott, including his WGC Bridgestone win in early August. With this long putter and Stevie Williams on the bag Scott seems a man reborn. Add to that the fact that he seems to play well at the end of the season (three of eight PGA Tour wins after August) and you can make a case for him again this week. Scott’s best at Cog Hill was fourth in 2007, but that’s before he got the broom broom!

Sergio Garcia 48/1

Sergio-Garcia-Abu-Dhabi_1782548 Here’s a sneaky little one for you. Sergio Garcia at 48/1. Solid since the US PGA where he finished twelfth and maybe rekindling his love for the game. Took 10 weeks out this time last year and missed Cog Hill, but the Spaniard knows the course well with two good top10’s here in 2009 and 2007. Nine under won last year and the scoring is as tough this year, Garcia could have a real chance with his ball striking capabilities. Don’t discount the Spaniard each way.

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